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Old 07-14-2011, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Austin
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I have the CPS thermostats, and I noticed they went into "savings" several times yesterday afternoon (unusual).
Same. I decided to manually pull the temp up to 80 in response to the power emergency. Now I see why I'm planning our annual summer August trip to....Vermont.
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Old 07-14-2011, 03:43 PM
 
Location: NW San Antonio
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Vermont would be Heaven right now I imagine. I am sorry but I will pay whatever price to be cold. I would rather be cold than hot and sweaty and I will gladly give CPS my money in the process. Better not be any blackouts on the horizon!
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Old 07-14-2011, 04:10 PM
 
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my ceilings are 10' high so all the fans seem to do is stir the air at the top of the room.
We have a fan on our 10' high ceiling and it is very helpful in the summertime - at first it blows a bit of the hot air down, but then it gets up a very cooling breeze. I wonder if your fan is rotating in the winter direction, and not the summer direction.

Each blade on a fan is slightly tilted. If it's tilted away from the direction of rotation, it blows air down. If it's tilted towards the rotation, it pulls air up. In the summer you want the air to blow down onto you, but in the winter you want to pull the cold air up (and correspondingly push the warm air down).

My fan has a little switch that changes which direction the fan spins (and thus which way the blades are tilted).
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Old 07-14-2011, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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You know, whenever there's been rolling blackouts before I've never been blacked out. I don't know if it's because I live in the Med Center or I wasn't home at the time or what.
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Old 07-14-2011, 07:06 PM
 
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Might be. Power grids that have hospitals and/or airports are the only types of facilities that will always have multiple redundant sources of power.
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Old 07-14-2011, 07:20 PM
 
Location: From TX to VA
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Use microwaves or outdoor grills for cooking to avoid heating the home.

Of course there is that whole burn ban and bbqing thing
Wow - is there a ban on using outdoor grills? It's that bad?
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Old 07-14-2011, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Austin
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What bbq ban? I go running every evening (yes, me being the idiot going running still) and there's always bbq smells everywhere almost everyday.
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Old 07-14-2011, 07:36 PM
 
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And yet we have legislators looking to repeal the energy efficient light bulb law.
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